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Canon BG-E5

Battery grip for select Digital Rebel SLR cameras

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Item #: 280BGE5
 

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Enjoy more shooting time and firmer control of your Digital Rebel SLR camera with this Canon battery grip. The BG-E5 attaches to the bottom of your camera, allowing you greater comfort and creative flexibility while you snap photos from vertical as well as horizontal positions. This grip features integrated control buttons for easily accessing your camera's shutter release and function settings in a vertical orientation. It also gives you the choice of operating your camera with two LP-E5 batteries, or even 6 AA batteries (not included).

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Highlights:

  • compatible with select Canon Digital Rebel SLRs, including the XSi and T1i
  • camera grip with storage for two LP-E5, or 6 "AA" batteries (not included)
  • use of 2 LP-E5 batteries doubles shooting time
  • built-in camera control buttons for easier vertical shooting, including shutter release, AE/FE lock, Main Dial, and aperture/exposure compensation button
  • warranty: 1 year
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  • Battery grip
  • 2 Battery trays (one installed)
  • Instructions
  • Warranty Card

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Features

Overview: The Canon BG-E5 Battery Grip is designed for select EOS Digital SLR Canon cameras. The battery grip  can hold two Battery Pack LP-E5 or six size-AA batteries (batteries not included). It is equipped with a vertical-grip shutter button, main dial and other controls to enable vertical shooting in the same way as a horizontal grip. The battery grip also features a horizontal treaded tripod insert.

Compatibility: The BG-E5 Battery Grip is designed to fit the following Canon EOS Digital SLR cameras - EOS Digital Rebel XSi and EOS450D. The BG-E5 attaches to the battery compartment and threaded tripod insert of your compatible Canon EOS DSLR camera while the batteries are placed in side the battery grip (batteries not included).

Battery Life: Number of approximate shots (73-degrees F/32-degress F)

Camera Model Battery (not included) No Flash 50% Flash
EOS Digital Rebel XSi/EOS 450D LP-E5 x 2 1200/1000 1000/800
"AA" alkaline batteries x 6 500/200 300/100

Weight: Approximately 8.1 oz./230 g (without batteries and battery magazine)

 
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Canon BG-E5 Battery Grip A Great Purchase

Written By Gene, Northern California, USA on Friday, March 20, 2009
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I installed the Canon BG-E5 battery grip on my Rebel XSi camera on 03/09/2009. I already loved the camera and the grip makes it even better. I now have a firmer grasp for all my photos, especially when turning the camera vertically, or for shots requiring a telephoto. Plus, the attached grip has secondary control buttons (with an enable/disable switch) that are useful for exactly such shots.

Two batteries provide a lot of power, but the grip will work with only one battery installed in the tray. Since the BG-E5 inserts into the original battery cavity, the old cavity cover must be removed but conveniently slides into a storage slot on the new grip. I wondered about that before making my purchase and I was afraid I would have to keep the old battery cavity cover stored separately where it might become lost. But Canon neatly solved that potential problem. Inserting and closing the battery tray requires some coordination to push it closed and turn the lock-latch, but it becomes simple with a little experience.

I leave my BG-E5 permanently attached to the camera body, so I had to purchase a larger camera bag to accommodate the now larger frame. I suggest taking your camera with the BG-E5 attached to a local camera store and try the various bags for proper sizing before buying a new bag.

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and highly recommend the BG-E5 accessory for the Canon Rebel XSi camera. Buy one. You will be glad you did.
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